Ozgur Tufekci | Editor in Chief
Ozgur Tufekci is the founding Editor of the Magazine. He is also the founder and Director-General of CESRAN International, a UK-based think-tank (www.cesran.org), ranked among the world’s “Best Independent Think Tanks” and “Top Environment Policy Think Tanks”. He is the author of “The Foreign Policy of Modern Turkey: Power and the Ideology of Eurasianism” (I.B. Tauris, 2017). He is also Associate Professor of International Relations at Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey. You may reach him at oztufekci [at] cesran.org and Follow him on Twitter @OzgurTufekci
Rahman Dag | Executive Editor
He obtained his BA from Istanbul Yeditepe University. And then he graduated from the department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS (School of Orient and African Studies) in London. He was awarded with the Philosophy of Doctorate degree from Exeter University, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in the field of Middle East Politics. In addition, he is one of the founding members of CESRAN International (www.cesran.org) and acting as the head of Cesran Turkey Desk and as book review editor of the The Rest Journal (Journal of Politics and Development). He also works for Adıyaman University/ Turkey as Associate Professor since November 2014.
Eurasian Studies | Editor
Maria Tran is a part of the editorial team for the Political Reflection Magazine at CESRAN International, with a focus on Eurasian Studies. She holds a Master’s degree in Geopolitics and Grand Strategy from the University of Sussex, achieving a distinction for her dissertation entitled “Poker, Chess and the Kobayashi Maru: Understanding Russia’s Game strategy in Syria”. Aside from her work at CESRAN, she is also an Editorial Assistant at NewsNow (NewsNow.co.uk), the UK’s first and leading home-grown and independent news aggregation service. You may reach her at maria.tran [at] cesran.org.
South Asian Studies | Editor
Sharifullah Dorani completed his PhD on the US anti-terrorism war in Afghanistan and the ‘Greater Middle East’ at Durham University. His Masters degrees and the undergraduate degree are from UCL and the University of Northampton in Law, International Human Rights, and Creative Writing. He is the author of ‘America in Afghanistan: Foreign Policy and Decision Making from Bush to Obama to Trump’, I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2019 (https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/america-in-afghanistan-9781784539986/). His first novel – provisionally entitled Little Moscow of Kabul – is due to be published in late-2020. He left Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover in 1996, returning frequently to carry out research. He lectures frequently on the history of US policy in the region, and speaks fluently numerous regional languages, including Pashto, Dari/Farsi, Hindi, Urdu, Russian and English. Currently, he is South Asia and the Middle Eastern Editor at CESRAN International. He may be reached at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @DrSDorani
Conflict and Peace Studies | Editor
Aytac Kadioglu is the head of the School of Public Administration and assistant professor of politics and international relations at Adiyaman University. He received his PhD in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. He holds a Masters in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, and a BA in the School of Political Sciences at Istanbul University. His research areas are included but not limited to conflict resolution, ethnic conflicts, negotiation and mediation efforts, violent conflicts, post-conflicts and conflict-affected environments, peacemaking and peacebuilding, diplomacy, conflict and peace studies, counter-terrorism, and the Middle East. He is peace and conflict studies editor at CESRAN International.
aytackadioglu [at] cesran.org
Middle Eastern Studies | Editor
Rahman Dag obtained his BA from Istanbul Yeditepe University. And then he graduated from the department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS (School of Orient and African Studies) in London. He was awarded with the Philosophy of Doctorate degree from Exeter University, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in the field of Middle East Politics. In addition, he is one of the founding members of CESRAN International (www.cesran.org) and acting as the head of Cesran Turkey Desk and as book review editor of the The Rest Journal (Journal of Politics and Development). He also works for Adıyaman University/ Turkey as an assistant professor since November 2014.
Religious Studies | Editor
Abdurrahman Hendek has completed his PhD at the University of Oxford. His PhD focused on supranational and national factors and their influence on religious education policy as interpreted and perceived by various policy actors in Turkey and England. His academic interests include religious education policy, home schooling, comparative education, and secularisation. He currently works as an instructor in religious education at the Department of Theology, Sakarya University, Turkey.
abdurrahman.hendek [at] cesran.org
Applied Economics | Editor
Hakan Uslu received his PhD degree at Applied Economics program of Auburn University, USA. He obtained master degree from the Department of Economics at Auburn University, USA. He has been an assistant professor of economics at Adiyaman University, Turkey since 2017. His research mainly involves application of econometric methods to economic and political phenomena. He has written about topics on political economics, industrial economics, and financial economics. He teaches microeconomics and mathematical economics. He is also working as area editor of the Political Reflection Magazine in Economics and can be reached at hakan.uslu [at] cesran.org
International Finance | Editor
Nijat Huseynov holds degrees of Bsc in Finance (Azerbaijan State Economic University) and Msc in Financial Management (Baku Engineering University). Currently he is in the defence process of PhD work (focuses on the resource dependent economies and Azerbaijan) from Szent Istvan University, Hungary. He supports the magazine as Area Editor in international Finance. Apart from that, he supports a multinational company as finance consultant.
n.huseynov [at] cesran.org
Emrah Atar is a PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant at the Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Emrah is an Interview Editor of the Political Reflection Magazine. His focus topics and research interests are politics, governance, migration, policy development and management.